All the agencies I saw regulate the process carefully: I had to sign confidentiality agreements, show ID and wait while they ran checks.Kate is adamant that a first meeting should last no more than 90 minutes and should take place in a hotel lounge or cafe, somewhere with privacy but where there are plenty of people about, too.Then, there’s my birthday, bank holidays and all of August.I miss someone to “debrief” at the end of the day, to watch England play in the Six Nations, or to fall about with while watching .Suddenly, the idea of a professional matchmaker sounded appealing. Fees range from around pounds 1,000 for half a dozen introductions to as much as pounds 60,000 for a global search for your perfect mate.
But I don’t feel rejected or upset: a professional matchmaker’s involvement changes the whole process. All the agencies say it takes five or six attempts to get it right.
He is instantly engaging, and our conversation is effortless.
I enjoy myself — though I have a niggling suspicion from the way leaves me with a brief peck on the cheek that romance is not on the cards.
Lemarc Thomas, the managing director, is a gentle but determined Cupid and the rich beat a path to his door from across the world.
He has a background in psychology, asks about my relationship history, my ideal man, career, taste in music as well as travel and holiday preferences.